retrofit our homes

WE MUST REINVIGORATE BRITAIN’S HOUSING RETROFIT 

A nationwide retrofit will lift millions out of fuel poverty by providing renewable energy and minimising bills. Putting an end to cold and draughty homes will reduce the burden on the NHS, decrease our carbon emissions and increase our energy resilience.

THE PROBLEM

  • Housing contributes to 34 percent of all emissions in the UK.
  • Only 30 percent of UK houses have an EPC rating of C or above.
  • The government is not on track to meet its efficiency target by 2035.
  • The government’s policy on energy efficiency is poorly defined, being criticised by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee as seriously flawed and requiring clarification.
  • The number of renovation projects has declined to a standstill – 95% since 2012.

THE SOLUTION

  • The government need to revisit and clearly define the energy efficiency policy, and ensure that the improvement of energy efficiency of Britain’s buildings should be designated as an infrastructure priority.
  • Address the clear investment shortfall for efficiency initiatives.
  • Reinvigorate the retrofit of UK housing to increase the number of houses that have an energy rating of at least C.
  • Higher insulation standards for new built homes.

THE OUTCOME

  • Household emissions will be reduced by as much as half.
  • Energy bills reduced by as much 50%, possibly even eliminating fuel poverty.
  • Long-term job creation – to hit the 2035 target, 19 million homes need to be retrofitted which is a rate of 3500 per day for the next 15 years.
  • Your home gets a facelift!

LEARN MORE: POLICIES IN ACTION

Nottingham and The Netherlands

The Netherlands has created a revolutionary whole-house retrofit approach called Energiesprong that makes homes carbon neutral in just 10 days. Nottingham piloted the approach on 150 social housing homes and tenants have reported energy bills being reduced by as much as half.